Women's Golf Takes Fifth at Memphis Invitational, Top Finish in Two Years...
Young rallies 10 positions to tie for third.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (10/26/2010) - Boise State University’s women’s golf team recorded its top finish in two years taking fifth-place out of 18 teams at the weather shortened University of Memphis Invitational today. The Broncos finished the tournament with a two-round score of 625 (+57) to finish 10 strokes out of first place. Hayley Young rallied 10 positions in the second round to record a career-best finish as she tied for third-place with an 8-over 150.

The Memphis Invitational was hampered from the beginning with bad weather resulting in slow play and the delay of the second round due to darkness Monday night. The round was completed Tuesday morning but the third round was cancelled because of pending weather conditions which included heavy rain, wind and a tornado watch.

The Broncos played well considering the conditions. They opened the tournament Monday morning with a 317 (+33) on the first 18 before rallying on the second 18, shaving nine strokes off their first total for a 309 (+24). They finished with a 57-over 625 which was good for fifth-place. That is the best overall finish for the program since the team tied for the championship at the Bronco Fall Invitational in October of 2008 at SpurWing Country Club in Meridian, Idaho.
The University of Illinois rallied from fourth place following the first round to win the team title on the second 18 recording the lowest round of the tournament with a 17-over 301. Illinois finished with a two-round score of 47-over 615 to hold off the University of Memphis and Missouri State University who tied for second at 53-over 621, Mississippi State University took fourth with a 55-over 623.

On the individual side of the competition only Jenna Leurquin did not finish the second round on Monday for Boise State. She had one hole left to play when the tournament was halted because of darkness. Leurquin led Boise State after the first round recording a 5-over 76 on the first 18, good for a sixth-place tie. Unfortunately, the freshman from Belgium struggled in the second round firing a 12-over 83 to finish the tournament with a 17-over 159 to tie for 30th.

Hayley Young continued her streak as Boise State’s top scorer to five straight competitions this fall. The sophomore from Hawaii opened Monday by carding a 6-over 77 to finish the first round tied for 13th. She rallied in Monday’s second session to record the second-best score of anyone in the round with a 2-over 73, it was also her second-best round score of the year.  Young finished with a two-round total of 150 (+8) to climb 10 positions on the leaderboard for her career-best finish tying for third-place out of 96 participants, she tied with Cincinnati’s Alex Carl.

Only University of Southern Mississippi’s Vicky Correa shot a better round than Boise State’s Young in the second session, she carded a even-par 71. Correa finished the tournament tied with Mississippi State’s Erika Thornton for the individual medalist honors with final tallies of 147 (+5). 

Rounding out Boise State’s roster were Jennifer Henningsson who carded a two round score of 18-over 160. She shot a 84 (+13) on the first 18 yesterday followed by a 5-over 76 in the second round. In her first major tournament of the fall she rallied from a tie for 59th to a five-way tie for 32nd in the final round.

Lori Harper was fourth overall for the Broncos with a 21-over 163 (80-83) to finish tied for 46th. Michelle Gooding came in fifth overall for Boise State at 24-over 166. She suffered from a poor first round firing a 90 (+19), but rallied in the second cutting 14 strokes off to record a 5-over 76.

Boise State has one tournament remaining on its fall schedule next week’s Cal Poly / Lamkin Grip Invitational Nov. 1-2 in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Final Tournament Summary

University of Memphis Invitational
Oct. 25-26, 2010
Memphis, Tenn.
Ridgeway Country Club (5,980 yards / Par 71)

Individual Results (Yop-Five and Boise State)
T1.    Erika Thornton, Mississippi St. (71-76--147, +5)
T1.    Vicky Correa, Southern Mississippi (76-71--147, +5)
T3.    Hayley Young, Boise St. (77-73--150, +8)
T3.    Alex Carl Cincinnati, (72-78--150, +8)
T5.    Kelsey Welber, Missouri St. (76-76--152, +10)
T5.    Marissa Steen, Memphis (75-77--152, +10) ------------------------------------------------------------------
T30.    Jenna Leurquin, Boise St. (76-83--159, +17)
T32.    Jennifer Henningsson, Boise St. (84-76--160, +18)
T46.    Lori Harper Boise St. (80-83--163, +21)
T55.    Michelle Gooding Boise St. (90-76--166, +24)

Team Results
1.    Illinois (314-301--615, +47)
T2.    Memphis (305-316--621, +53)
T2.    Missouri St. (310-311--621, +53)
4.    Mississippi St. (307-316--623, +55)
5.    Boise St. (317-308--625, +57)
6.    Southern Mississippi (318-312--630, +62)
7.    UAB (322-311--633, +65)
T8.    Cincinnati (317-318--635, +67)
T8.    Butler (320-315--635, +67)
10.    Arkansas St. (333-313--646, +78)
11.    Marshall (323-326--649, +81)
12.    Samford (324-328--652, +84)
13.    UMKC (334-321--655, +87)
14.    Austin Peay St. (330-326--656, +88)
15.    Belmont (337-329--666, +98)
16.    Evansville (345-326--671, +103)
17.    Indiana St. (341-339--680, +112)
18.    IPFW (387-375--762, +194)

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